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Blog / Mackintosh Festival at The Lighthouse

Mackintosh Festival at The Lighthouse 03 Oct 2016

The Mackintosh Festival is almost here and we have loads going on at The Lighthouse for the whole family to enjoy! The festival runs for the full month of October and is designed to celebrate and explore the life and work of Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Every day throughout October we will be playing a unique Mackintosh film in our Mackintosh Centre on Level 3. These short films will provide more insight into Mackintosh's designs as well as rare glimpses into restricted or lost parts of Mackintosh buildings.

Get involved in our Design Tree (from 12th October), tell us the names of Scottish designers who have inspired you or were influenced by Mackintosh. Help us build up a picture starting with Mackintosh who is considered the Father of Scottish design, let it grow across the windows to display an inspirational landscape of designers. Read more in our blog, Mackintosh the Innovator.

From Friday 14h October go on a self-led tour of the building: grab a complimentary map at reception and discover lots of interesting facts about The Lighthouse. If you would like a guided tour which is more in-depth, we will be running these every weekend throughout October. Tours cost £4 per person and the cost includes a tea or coffee in our Doocot Café at the end of the tour.

On the 15th and 29th October from 11.00am - 4.00pm #TheBigRoseProject will take over The Lighthouse. Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw will lead visitors in a free stencilling workshop to create a carpet of roses, suitable for the whole family!

Climb the Mackintosh Tower to take in the wonderful sight and sound installation, Luminous Birds – the views across Glasgow at the top of the tower are also spectacular!

The theme for this year’s Mackintosh Festival is ‘Mackintosh the Innovator’. To celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and in conjunction with partners at Event Scotland and Wireframe Immersive, Glasgow Mackintosh have created ‘Mackintosh the Innovator’ a 3D experience that will allow users to design and interact with a Mackintosh space. Visitors will be invited to stand ‘beside’ Mackintosh and see how his design perspective would be applied today. The events will take place every weekend during the festival in St Enoch Centre.

If that’s not enough, we also have a new exhibition in our Review Gallery – Kitchenism, by Simon Whatley, Architecture & Design Scotland are on Level 2 with an interesting programme of exhibitions as well as their Materials Library, and the Graphic Design Festival Scotland take over the building from 17th October! All of these are free to visit with full details on exhibition here:

More information about all of our events is available here:

We hope you enjoy Mackintosh Month! 

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